Best of 2013 - Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum
Well, they couldn’t be kept off the top-spot for long. Taking home the prize of 2013's best memory kit is the Dominator Platinum from Corsair, designed for the Intel X79 platform. You voted for these winners ahead of excellent kits from Kingston and AVEXIR, demonstrating how much of an impact Dominator had on our readers.
Rich reviewed a set of 32GB (4 x 8GB) Dominator Platinum which targets a healthy 2133MHz operating frequency, and summarised it as ‘the best of the best’. Devilish good looks, great overclocking performance and backed by Corsair lifetime warranty; he could find no downside to using this premium memory in your rig. The one issue was price, but the hefty hit to your pocketbook wasn’t enough to discourage our expert from granting it the prestigious Vortez Elite and Platinum awards.
The year ahead is sure to be an interesting one in the memory market. Not only are prices fluctuating drastically, but after a first public showing at CES DDR4 may well be the talk of the town at next year’s awards. Keep an eye out for that along with Intel’s Haswell-E, the first desktop platform expected to use DDR4 memory.
Best Of 2013 - Peripherals: Corsair Vengeance K95
One arena in which we were absolutely spoilt for choice this year was our nominations for best peripheral of 2013. Many great keyboards and mice came through our doors from powerhouses CM Storm, ROCCAT, GIGABYTE and more, but yet again Corsair were not to be denied.
Despite strong competition Corsair took the crown with the Vengeance K95 mechanical keyboard. Constructed with an aluminium unibody plate and including per-key backlighting on each of its keys - which by the way featured Cherry MX Red switches - we assessed it to be a cut above in both engineering and looks. It appears that our readers agreed as voting saw the K95 beating out the CM Storm Mech and even Ducky’s accomplished SHINE 3, adding the title of Best Peripheral of 2013 to its Gold and Creative Awards.
Mechanical keyboards were certainly the trend for 2013, and it’s unlikely that anything will change in the next year. Corsair are set to bring RGB lighting to the mechanical switch, and it’s likely that high-quality options will continue to filter down to lower price brackets. However we must not forget mice, where steps have been taken to make buttons more consistent and add synergies on the software side. Great strides are being made, and as a consumer it’s good to see.
Best Of 2013 - Audio: SteelSeries Siberia v2 - Kingston HyperX Edition
As with last year there was a bumper crop of audio devices released, and we shortlisted five of the best headsets for the end-of-year vote. Amongst them were BitFenix’s great value FLO and veteran Creative’s EVO ZxR, yet SteelSeries obviously resonated with our readers the most. It no-doubt helped that they were ably supported by the popular Kingston HyperX brand, but one cannot discount their E-Sports credentials:
Backed and endorsed by those in the top flight of esports, the SteelSeries Siberia v2 - Kingston HyperX edition is a great opportunity for gamers to experience the pinnacle of gaming audio. Quality throughout in a breathtaking metallic blue aesthetic, this should be one on your wishlist!
Those were Tony’s words on the Siberia v2, and they certainly seem to agree with reader sentiment.